Dog and man's BFF-itude originally stems from one undercover pup's efforts to sniff out the truth behind man's suspiciously named ballpark lunch. Reaffirm your dachshund's friendship with today's Groupon: $5 gets you $10 worth of hot dogs, beverages, and more at King David Dogs, Metromix readers' 2010 choice for Best Hot Dog and an Indy eating institution since the early 1940s. Head to the downtown dog depot, conveniently located one block east of Monument Circle and two blocks north of Conseco Fieldhouse.
King David's signature dogs start with a 1/4-pound all-beef hot dog or smoked-chicken dog on a fresh-baked Gonnella poppy-seed bun. Build your own ($3.99) with four toppings of your choice, or choose a specialty recipe such as the Reuben dog with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and thousand-island dressing ($4.49) or the BBQ dog slathered in savory barbecue sauce, bacon, cheddar, and chopped onions ($4.79). King David also serves up Chicago-style ($4.99) and New York–style ($4.99) dogs alongside those jacketed in fried corn batter on a stick ($3.99) or snuggled inside a warm baked pretzel roll ($4.99). On the side, opt for fries ($1.49), tater tots ($1.49), or baked beans ($0.99). Anti-encased-meat eaters can play it safe with chicken fingers ($5.99) or chili ($3.99 for cup).
The hot dog's strict summer schedule of ballparks and backyards can make it difficult to track down and enjoy the ephemeral eat. At King David Dogs, the topping-topped treat lives longer than sunburn, with generous lunch hours running Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Only valid at the downtown location.
- But some day, textbooks about the Old Midwest will retell tales of giant neon-pink, all-beef hot dogs sold at an establishment with quirky hours called King David’s. – Metromix
- King David Dogs lives up to the hype. – FoodBroker, Urbanspoon
- they have awesome hot dogs, the people that work there are cool and friendly. I had the Reuben Dog...It was fabulous, who knew? – Byron J., Yelp
King David Dogs
King David Dogs' original hot dog, highly praised by Nuvo, was originally developed by the Hene Meat Company in the 1940s and populated local grocery stores and delis until the '90s. As an effort to bring back his family's business, Brent Joseph, William Hene's grandson, re-created the Hene recipe, and thus, King David Dogs was born. To complement the celebrated encased creations, the cooks dream up elaborate topping combos and have been rewarded for their creativity with Best Hot Dog awards from Metromix and CityVoter.
The menu totes flavors from all over the map, from the garden-topped Chicago dog to the Hula dog, which is laden with pineapple relish and will shake its hips if asked nicely. Other versions support fried eggs and chili or pay homage to the state fair in a cocoon of corn dough. Also available are authentic italian beef sandwiches and during the winter months, homemade chicken and dumplings.
15 North Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204Get Directions